Stow, OH Real Estate
Stow and Munroe Falls are adjacent communities located a few miles north of Akron in Northeast Ohio. These charming towns share resources in close proximity, yet each maintains attractive characteristics that makes it unique.
Stow and Munroe Falls are primarily residential, so there are plenty of diverse housing options available. Homes in Stow and Munroe Falls are relatively affordable, including a wide array of home styles, from small starter homes to grandiose properties on spacious acreage. The myriad of luxury homes surrounding Roses Run Country Club and Fox Den Golf Course in Stow are especially desirable.
Lifestyle and Attractions
Stow and Munroe Falls lie side-by-side, situated just a short drive from the big-city conveniences of Akron. While both communities are primarily residential in nature, the two areas host plenty of local attractions and conveniences. Community events for Stow and Munroe Falls residents include the Stow Munroe Falls Community Showcase, the Stow Pride Festival during the Fourth of July, the Summer Sunset Blast, and the Stow Harvest Festival.
The city of Stow has over 410 acres of community park land, including Adell Durbin Park, Meadowbrook Lake Park, Silver Springs Park, and Oregon Trail Park. There are several parks in Munroe Falls, including Munroe Falls Metro Park, an expansive metro park with a swimming lake. Additionally, the paved Summit County Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail runs through Stow near the Pambi Farm Estates and Roses Run Country Club. Stow is home to the Fox Den Golf Course and Roses Run Country Club, each with award-winning 18-hole courses. Stow is also home to one of the best hospital-owned medical fitness centers in the nation; the Akron General Health and Wellness Center North opened in 2007, and features a variety of pools, a sauna and steam room, a gymnasium, indoor and outdoor tracks, fitness equipment, a rock climbing wall, and more.
Leading employers in Stow include MacTac, Akron General Medical Center, NMG Aerospace, Matco Tools Corporation, Wrayco Industries, and more. Munroe Falls is home to Kyocera SGS Precisions Tools, the city’s largest employer. A number of residents in Stow and Munroe Falls make the reasonable commute into Akron and other surrounding communities for employment.
Nearby Schools and Higher Education
Both Stow and the majority of Munroe Falls are served by the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, which includes six elementary schools, Lakeview Intermediate School, Kimpton Middle School, and Stow-Munroe Falls High School. All district schools are located in Stow except for Riverview Elementary and Kimpton Middle School, which are in Munroe Falls. A small portion of Munroe Falls is part of the neighboring Tallmadge school district. There are several private school options available for Stow and Munroe Falls residents in the region. Nearby institutions of higher learning include Kent State University and the University of Akron, located in Kent and Akron, respectively.
The area now known as Stow was originally inhabited by a tribe of Seneca Native Americans until European settlers arrived in the early 1800s. Stow was named for Joshua Stow, the town’s original proprietor who is quoted as saying it was “one of the prettiest and most romantic spots in the Western Reserve.” The land was eventually known as Stow Township and was purchased by Joshua Stow for $14,154. Stow Township was formally organized and became part of Portage County in the year 1808, and held its first election in 1811. It was part of Portage County until it was included in Summit County in 1840.
The area that now makes up Munroe Falls was originally inhabited by various tribes of American Indians. The first settlers in the area arrived in 1809. Francis Kelsey built a sawmill on the south side of the Cuyahoga River and a gristmill on the north side, and the new village was originally called Kelsey’s Mills in Kelsey’s honor. The village experienced more growth, during which time the name was changed to Florence. Around 1836, William and Edmund Munroe arrived to the area from Boston and purchased the two working mills and 250 acres of land to lay out a new village, which they named Munroe Falls. The Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal, which passed through town, opened four years later. The village was officially incorporated in 1838 and became part of the new Summit County in 1840. It wasn’t until 1991 that Munroe Falls converted from a village into a city.